The 2017 Subaru Forester is getting next generation of driver assist technology as part of its mid-life refresh which also includes a host of other comfort related changes, styling and drivetrain upgrades.
While the car has been tweaked to get a sleek appearance with a compact front grille, the main focus is on implementing the EyeSight Driver Assist technology. Based on this new tech, the 2017 edition of the Subaru Forester will be integrated with cameras that are capable of capturing color images. They have wide angle lens which makes it easier to capture wide, longer areas.
Additional features include Rear Cross traffic alert system, lane keep assist feature, blind spot detection among many others. They are all part of the car when the customer opts for the Limited and the Touring model. It will also be provided by default on the premium variant of the Forester. Eyesight technology enables the headlight to cover a wide area and improve vision besides high beam assist. The headlight will change direction based on the position of the steering wheel.
Models including 2.5i Limited, 2,5i Touring and 2.0XT touring models get the package without additional costs. There’s also reverse automatic braking to save the vehicle from accidental bumps. The 2017 Subaru Forester is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The new hexagonal front grille and fascia changes are tweaked for a more stylized appearance. Headlights are integrated with black inner bezel while the rear spoiler in the Forester Premium model is now painted to match the body color.
The Touring version of the car now has an exclusive color variant, the Sepia Bronze Metallic paint. The interiors use perforated Saddle Brown leather. The same leather material is used on majority of the car’s interiors including the center console lid, the seats, door panels and any other area where a leather material is mandatory.
The glasses in the door is significantly improved with sound deadening material, thicker which promotes better safety and uses acoustic windshield. The steering wheels can be heated but the said feature is available only in the Touring variant of the 2017 Subaru Forester. The console is equipped with a 6.2-inch display while buyers have the option to upgrade to a 7.0-inch screen. The bigger display is available as part of the package on all high end models.
An official statement on pricing and availability is expected to be out soon from Subaru.